(Closed) Is Cocktail hour necessary?

posted 4 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Is this venue ok?
    yes, make it work : (7 votes)
    32 %
    No, not for a wedding : (13 votes)
    59 %
    Maybe, Ill explain : (2 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 2
    1389 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    Will you be taking photos after the ceremony, or are you going straight to the reception? Cocktail hour is mostly meant for pre-dinner socializing and so your guests don’t just sit around waiting for you for an hour. We are having a morning wedding, so our “cocktail hour” is actually “coffee hour”, but it’s in the same room as the reception 🙂

    Post # 4
    1553 posts
    Bumble bee

    As long as your not leaving everyone standing around for an hour while you take photos, I don’t think anyone will mind skipping cocktail hour. It is nice for mingling, but people can do that after dinner. 

    Post # 5
    88 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2016 - Rock Island Lake Club

    As a guest, I always enjoy weddings. Cocktail hour is my favorite part… but if you can’t swing it so be it.  People are there to celebrate your union, if they get mad about things you may or may not have… then thats on them.  

    Post # 6
    1389 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    Lokie85:  Oh yeah, if they will be sitting, I’m sure it’s fine!

    Post # 7
    5535 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I will give you the perspective from the other side of the table.  I’m Italian, we feed feed feed people until they bust right? Ok, so.. I scheduled an hour long cocktail reception, with 4 plated hot and cold appitizers, then we went right into a 5 course dinner service.  That lasted around 2.5 hours.  We started the event at 5pm and had the hall room until Midnight.  I was NOT thinking at ALL..but  SEVEN hours for one event was ridiculous for my small 65 person party.  My poor guests could barely hang on [some were older/elderly] and even though I provided a “midnight snack” half way through, it was too long of a night in hindsight.  I would have 86’d the cocktail hour in a heartbeat if I realized it.

    Post # 8
    960 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Historic Chapel

    Lokie85:  We opted for no cocktail hour by choice. However we did a “first look” before the ceremony. After the ceremony was done, we all went to the dinner reception and dancing. It worked out just fine. But if you want to do pictures after the ceremony I think you definitely need cocktail hour. 

    Post # 10
    190 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2016 - Glen Island Harbour Club

    I enjoy cocktail hour, mostly because I really love appetizers.  Will the guests go directly from the ceremony into the reception space?  I think as long as your guests aren’t just standing around they’ll be ok with it.  If the night ends at 10pm, what time does it begin?

    Post # 11
    815 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I wouldn’t do it.

    It ends early

    no cocktail hour

    and only one dish choice

    OR are they really super cheap so that it’ll all be worth it?


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